I must admit, I'm not one to embellish much when it comes to sewing, or even in my own every day fashion for that matter. I wear the same 3 or 4 pairs of earrings that I've had for years over and over again...I don't wear rings, rarely wear bracelets or necklaces, and even though I like shoes, I am frequently stuck in the same rut, wearing a pair until the fall apart. When sewing, I absolutely LOVE the designing, drafting, draping aspect of it...I like putting it all together...and I loath finishing touches. Maybe I prefer the creative engineering part, or maybe I'm just lazy and tire of it before it's done. But for whatever reason, I am not much of an embellishment type of gal.
This challenge was hard for me. Originally I thought I would put some gold braid and decorative (non-functional) buttons down the front of my 1884 Gypsie Jacket. Well, folks...I tried...I truly did. I set it up on my dress form, pinned the braid on, and stepped back to take a look. It was just too fussy for me. It detracted, in my mind, from the structure of the outfit. I just couldn't bring myself to guild the lily.
So, what to do...
The answer...embellish, as simply as possible, something that no one but myself (my husband - and a ladies maid...if I had one) would see...my Kyoto half stays.
Through the Pinterest grapevine, I discovered some embroidery floss samplers made for corsets/stays. I have absolutely NO idea who the person is that owns these samplers, what era they are from, or what part of the world. If anyone knows the answers to these questions, PLEASE enlighten me. I am far from an expert in embroidery, and I'm not that good at it either. So, I picked a design that I think has the embroidery aesthetics of the early 19th century, based upon what I know about contemporary art, fabric design, and interior design. I hope my knowledge of these things has not led me astray.
Just the Facts:
The Challenge: Embellishments: Embroidered Kyoto Half Stays
Pattern: None...looked at embroidery sampler and copied it.
Year: Early 1800's...I hope.
Notions: Needle and Cotton Embroidery Floss
How historically accurate is it? Embroidered stays are historically accurate, but the design...only guessing on that, so...?
Hours to complete: 3 Hours
First worn: Not yet
Total cost: Free - The embroidery floss was a gift from one of my school kid's parent.